Central Tea Rooms – Stamford



Excellent loose-leaf tea and pastries that really taste as if they came straight from the oven at home in this tea room that has been a baker’s for over 150 years. The building was once the wool merchants’ guildhall, though the views of the central square have changed a bit since the Dutch barges stopped coming through.

Fancy a Cuppa? Book CoverFancy a Cuppa?

Fancy a Cuppa? reviews 50 places across the UK for a good cup of tea or coffee and a nice piece of cake, a scone or other local delicacy.  This is not a ’50 best’ tea rooms or cafes guide. Rather it includes places that have a story to tell.

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Home-baked cakes that really taste home-baked.  Try the macaroons, the parkin, the frangipane or the flapjacks – whatever you taste, you’ll want more.  On the savoury side, the local dish is Lincolnshire pork sausages with onion gravy.  And a very nice pot of loose-leaf tea.  The bread is pretty good, too, though some of the best bread is bought in from local suppliers and doesn’t always arrive before 11am.


7 Red Lion Square, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2AJ

Contact details

01780 763 217

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Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 4.45pm (last table serve in café at 4.30pm)

Friday – Saturday 8.00am – 4.45pm

Getting there

In mediaeval days, ships would arrive from the Netherlands. Today there are regular buses from Grantham and Peterborough.  And it’s a well worthwhile spot to stop if you are driving along the A1 (just a one mile detour into Stamford). Trains on the Birmingham to Stansted Airport cross country line stop here.

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